Dozens of people attend a rush hour abortion rights rally in Anchorage

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Iva Karoly-Lister holds a sign which reads: “Abortion is basic care”. About 200 people gathered at rush hour Tuesday night in downtown Anchorage to rally for the protection of reproductive rights. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

A draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion, leaked to Politico on Monday, suggests the justices are set to overturn Roe vs. Wadewhich constitutionally protects the right to abortion.

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About 200 people gathered at rush hour Tuesday night in downtown Anchorage to rally for the protection of reproductive rights. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

On Tuesday morning, nationwide calls to action spread online for pro-choice rallies to take place at 5 p.m. local time. Rally organizers in Anchorage chose the corner of Minnesota Drive and Northern Lights Boulevard, where about 200 people gathered during rush hour Tuesday night.

“Abortion is still safe and legal,” says Nora Morse, policy and field director at Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates. “Roe vs. Wade was not overthrown. You can still access care – it’s really important that people know that.

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Erin Jackson Hill (left), Moira Pyhala (right) and Marmalade (the dog) pose with a cardboard cutout of Senator Lisa Murkowski and a sign that reads, “Hey Lisa, pass the Health Care Protection Act women “. About 200 people gathered at rush hour Tuesday night in downtown Anchorage to rally for the protection of reproductive rights. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

Nearby, Stand Up Alaska Executive Director Erin Jackson-Hill holds a cardboard cutout of Senator Lisa Murkowski. She said, “I see a lot of really, really angry people. I see a lot of people who feel disenfranchised. I see a lot of people feeling like we’re taking a huge step back in time. I see a lot of people who are scared, frankly.

Jackson-Hill, who urged Senator Lisa Murkowski to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, said, “I’m not saying you have to be okay with abortion. But I think most people don’t agree with forced birth, which we’re talking about here. I have no children. If I had been forced to have children, I don’t think I would be here.

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Katherine Pfeiffer remembers having a conversation with her grandmother about self-managed abortions. “I remember her telling me it wasn’t coat hangers they were using, but rather this tube that had a thread on it. And she told me they used to pass it around. And that’s what they use for birth control. And she told me about one of my aunts who perforated her cervix, and what the consequences were. And I don’t want to have to go back to that. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)
a person stands with a "protect safe and legal abortion" sign
Ron Meehan, Democratic Party of Alaska Regional Vice President, said, “I think now more than ever, it’s incredibly important that we stand up for women’s right to choose.” About 200 people gathered at rush hour Tuesday night in downtown Anchorage to rally for the protection of reproductive rights. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)
people hold signs at a pro-choice rally
About 200 people gathered at rush hour Tuesday night in downtown Anchorage to rally for the protection of reproductive rights. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)
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